We’re not even half way through February and my head is already spinning from all of the new family found, old family celebrated and events that are taking place in honor of Black History Month! Here’s the roundup of what’s been happening:
- Three new cousins found me through this blog two weeks ago! They are descendants of Tempy Burton and Col. W.R. Stuart through their granddaughter, Tempy Stuart Smith. I’m looking forward to speaking to them and introducing them to all of you.
- The day after my new cousins found me, I met with two other Smith cousins, Monique and Sylvia to share stories and compare notes on our journey of discovering our family’s history. (It was our first time meeting cousin Sylvia.)
- My family celebrated my husband’s birthday with my husband’s favorite, lamb, topped off with a cake my daughters made in their Easy Bake oven…remember those?
- Author Heidi Durrow spoke at our local bookstore, Watchung Booksellers about her coming-of-age novel, “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.” Both Durrow and the novel’s protagonist are bi-racial and much of the conversation centered around biracial identity.
- Speaking of identity, as the mother of two bi-racial daughters, I spoke on the topic on abcnews.com and on the BBC show “Up All Night” earlier this week. The discussion underscored how this search for my family’s roots is equally a journey of personal discovery.
- Tonight, I’m following the latest episode of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are starring country signer, Tim McGraw and researched by geneablogger, Kathleen Brandt of a3genealogy.
- I joined an African American Genealogy group in my town and will speak to them about researching my family tree tomorrow at 2 pm at the Bloomfield Library. If you’re in the area, come on by.
- Austin Dabney, the only recognized black Georgia patriot of the Revolutionary War, will be honored in a ceremony tomorrow at 3pm at the Kettle Creek Battlefield in Washington, GA. Laying the wreath in honor of Dabney will be Michael Henderson, the first African American in Georgia inducted into the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). Henderson is author of the Finding Agnes blog.
- The Schomburg Center in New York City will air the film, “Traces of the Trade” on Thursday, February 17th. The film tells the story of Katrina Browne’s forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.
Whew! I’ve got to catch my breath. That’s a lot of history happenings!
What’s happening for Black History Month in your neck of the woods?